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Audiovisual: the CSA wants to obtain more power of regulation on Internet

For digital platforms, the audiovisual regulator proposes new, more flexible rules than for traditional actors.

(FILES) — A file picture taken on March 5, 2014 shows the logo of France’s Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA – Superior Audiovisual Council) in Paris.

“Rebuilding the audiovisual regulation is a necessity,” according to the Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA), which presented Tuesday, September 11, 20 proposals to change the general framework set by the law of 1986. Their philosophy? The fight against the “asymmetry of regulation” which is growing between, on the one hand, the traditional actors of the audio-visual one, whatever their efforts of adaptation to the Internet environment, and on the other hand , the new players, who remain freed from obligations yet unquestionably justified, “explained President Olivier Schrameck.

It is a “special approach” for an independent administrative authority to suggest such specific lines of reform, Schrameck admitted. But the CSA seeks to seize a political “opportunity”. Indeed, Emmanuel Macron, through the voice of his Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen, announced a major audiovisual law for 2019. This text will have to transpose into French law the new European directive on audiovisual media services (SMA), being finalized.

The first ambition of the CSA is to integrate the major digital platforms: not only subscription-based video-on-demand platforms such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, already targeted by the SMA directive, but also large sharing networks such as YouTube or Facebook. And also “streaming audio platforms,” like Spotify or Deezer.

An extension of powers very politically sensitive

Aware of the politically sensitive nature of any willingness to extend the powers of the CFS on the Web, Mr. Schrameck said that it was of course “to guard against the unreasonable temptation and liberticidal global regulation of the Internet.”

Rather than self-regulation, the CSA wants “co-regulation”, in which it monitors the application by a service .

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